Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 153 of The New Family Podcast where we talk about how to have a better discussion about the body changes girls undergo once they hit puberty.
On this episode, we hear why it’s so vitally important that we give sober second thought to the way we have explained body changes and menstruation to girls. My guest, psychologist Dr. Robyn Stein DeLuca, has written The Hormone Myth: How Junk Science, Gender Politics and Lies about PMS Keep Women Down. She unpacks the commonly held assumption that all girls and women are emotionally erratic because of hormone fluctuations that accompany our menstrual cycles. In fact, she says that researchers have known since the early 1990s that, over time, men and women experience very similar emotional stability. In fact, the majority of studies used to establish the existence of premenstrual syndrome were quote “deeply flawed and unreliable.” We talk about how this should impact the way we speak to girls about starting their periods and about their emotions throughout the month.
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Dr. DeLuca’s Advice to Parents About to Have a Conversation with their Girls About Changes in their Bodies.
“I think we rarely hear parents teaching girls that they should have positive sexual relationships, that they’re sexual pleasure is something they deserve, that is normal and healthy. So think, starting with period positivity, that is a great way to get on the road to emphasizing that women’s bodies are great, they’re healthy and it’s great to have one and there’s a lot of pleasures to be had and to be a mature woman. That you deserve a positive experience — you shouldn’t get into relationships where perhaps you’re only interested in your partners’ pleasures, that you are deserving of pleasure, too.”
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